Training – Purchasing 101

Purchasing 101 Training is a basic introductory to the Purchasing Policies and Procedures and is designed to explain and facilitate an understanding of the Purchasing Department, its function, policy and procedures.  It serves as both a tool in acquainting new employees and a refresher for existing employees with University Purchasing.

All new employees who will be a “Requester” or an “Approver” will be required to take the Purchasing 101 Training.  On-line Requisition Training is also recommended prior to gaining access to the Purchasing module in PeopleSoft.

This overview is intended to help employees understand the procedures that must be followed in procuring materials and services for the University’s use.  There are several key points each employee should remember and follow:

  • Do not commit the University of Rhode Island financially in any way without completing a purchasing requisition and receiving a purchase order number.  No purchase order number – No purchase!
  • Any expenditure of commitment to expend University of Rhode Island funds made without a Purchase Order Number will not be the responsibility of URI to pay – rather the individual involved will be responsible for payment.

Communication is a key factor in the purchasing process.  We want to do all we can to help you obtain your equipment, services and supplies as needed.  Please feel free to call on us anytime you have questions or comments.

Buyer assignments are posted on our web site at: located under DEPARTMENT RESOURCES.

Purchasing 101 Training is offered through Brightspace. Following your review of the Powerpoint, you will need to take a quiz. A score of 7/10 points is needed to be added to PeopleSoft as a Requestor or Approver.  If you score below that amount, you will be contacted to discuss next steps.

Please note registrations will be processed on a timely basis but will take 24-48 hours to provide access.  Once your registration has been confirmed a confirmation e-mail will be sent.

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